Post # 1
Whether you’re due for a shopping trip and need to resort to throwing something together with generic ingredients, or you’re short on time (or frankly too tired) to make a huge fuss in the kitchen, what go-to foods do you like for a meal in a pinch?
All I ever seem to turn to is eggs. They’re cheap, healthy, have a decent shelf-life, quick and easy to cook, and create minimal need for clean-up….but I’m getting bored of eggs as my only fall-back. I need more ideas! Even if it’s just a really filling cereal or something.
Are there any sort of foods you’re sure to always keep in stock in case of situations like these?
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
Pasta. You can do something as simple as butter and garlic, or even sprinkle on some parmesan if you have it handy. I buy jar sauce so I just have to remove the lid, but when I was more organized, I’d spend a Sunday making big batches of sauce and freeze it in meal size portions. 8 minutes of boiling water, and you’re basically done.
I also always try to have a nice loaf of bread in the house. If not, swinging by the store and grabbing a baguette is super easy. I just drizzle some olive oil and vinegar in a bowl and dip away.
Your best friend should be a container of hummus; if you have carrots or celery, crackers or a pita you can munch on that till you’re full. pretty quick I like to throw some feta, onions, peppers, and olives on a plate and you have a mezza platter in about 2 minutes. If you feel SUPER AMBITIOUS you can buy the pre-cut chicken breast peices like you’d add to a salad and throw that in a pita pocket and it’s super delish.
I like to do big vats of soup and freeze them in small ziplocs. Just like the pasta sauce, all you really have to do is heat it up.
Bag salad with a few crutons and maybe some shredded cheese in a big ol’ bowl can also be fantastic. You can do the oil and vinegar thing there, too.
Post # 3
Ground turkey, Trader Joes’s frozen precooked brown rice, and canned tomato sauce or purée. I brown and simmer the turkey in the tomato sauce and season it with either taco seasoning or Cajun seasoning, then mix it with rice and complimentary veggies (so sliced peppers, diced red onion and tomato, and avocado for a taco-y dinner, and veggies and thinly sliced celery for the Cajun dinner). Also, sweet potatoes are so versatile ! Steam them in the microwave and eat with butter and cinnamon and a sprinkle of brown sugar, or grate them and make sweet potato hash with veggies or eggs on top. Also, I always keep better than boillion broth starter in the house, makes whipping up soup sooo easy.
Post # 4
Quesadillas! i always have the ingredients on hand. I’ll make it with chicken, cheese and Spanish rice. I buy the necessary ingredients about every week so it’s always on hand and it’s so cheap! I usually have a red pepper laying around too to add!
I also love buffalo chicken and rice! I’ll just cook some chicken in buffalo sauce on the stove, some brown rice and sautée whatever veggie I have on hand (usually onion, broccoli or mushrooms)
also Trader Joe’s makes an amazing sundries tomato and goat cheese ravioli! I usually have a package in the freezer and cook it with chicken. Too with parmasean cheese, butter and lemon juice!
Trader Joe’s has awesome California veggie burgers too that I’ll buy once in a while for just an easy cheap meal in a pinch!
Oh I usually have the ingredients for Chinese as well! I love soy sauce! In Pinterest type in honey teriyaki chicken. There’s an awesome recipe and it includes teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, honey and minced garlic. I usually have those on hand. Make it with rice and broccoli if u have it! Or onion or peppers. https://savorandsavvy.com/2013/09/honey-teriyaki-chicken-recipe.html Oh hell I added the recipe anyway lol
Also I will just pick up some chipotle if I’m coming home from a 12 hour shift and Darling Husband isn’t home to make me dinner
im queen of easy meals! I hate cooking! If I think of more I’ll add.
Post # 5
teamroro : Mmmm Pasta is my go to as well! Chuck in a bit of oil, salt, pepper, garlic, cheese , an egg or whatever you have in the house and you’re done
OP- I also keep rice, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and a bit of fish sauce and can make a stirfry out of nothing very easily
Wraps are also a really good idea to chuck in a few leftovers 🙂
Post # 6
I’m super lazy when it comes to cooking. My go to and what I had for dinner tonight is a Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burger. They have a variety of types.
Post # 7
Lentil soup. I always keep a stock of red bean lentils around. in a pinch, just boil them for awhile with a chopped up onion. Meanwhile, simmer some tomato paste, olive oil, and red pepper flakes. Combine it all for a surprisingly delicious soup.
Post # 8
kiram : I make a big batch of dumplings when there is time and freeze. Then I usually have 8 at a time. My recipe, from a friend: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/257372/taiwanese-dumplings/
Post # 9
Quick stir fries or curries using frozen/canned veggies or black beans and rice with salsa and veggies. I also like to bake some of the frozen, individually packed tilapia filets and serve them with a side of rice and whatever veggies I have in the fridge or freezer, normally broccoli. I just dump frozen broccoli on a cookie sheet, coat it in olive oil and spices, and roast it until it’s nice and crispy.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2017 - State Park
Microwave “baked” potato, frozen broccoli, salt, pepper, shredded cheese.
Boil in bag brown rice plus whatever frozen veggies I have and whatever seasoning sounds good. Red pepper flakes and Parmesan or the badia brand Cajun blend are good.
Add beans or chickpeas to either if you feel like opening the can.
Tonight I made popcorn (stove top, never microwave) and had apple slices with it.
Post # 11
teamroro : Yes to pastas! I’m also super supportive of spending a day making bulk meals to split up and freeze for a quick meal later.
abeeinlove : I should probably get over my stinginess of how expensive bullion is and just buy some already. I always need broth when I don’t have it!
mrslavogue92217 : Thanks! All really nice ideas! Ravioli (yay for pasta) is a really good idea, I should stock up on that more. And that buffalo chicken though…yes please! Or even a BBQ chicken…now I’m super hungry. I loooove stir-frys, too, thanks for that recipe!
Innerdonught : I of course always have rice handy, too! However, veggies suitable for a stir-fry…not so often, haha. But I suppose some basic stir-fry veggies have pretty long shelf-lives so maybe I should stock up on them more often 🙂
tiffanybruiser : Ohh yes, beans! I shall have to try that tomato paste lentil soup, sounds good to me! I’ve just recently started catching on to how cheap and easy beans are, so I will definitely be buying more of those.
skunktastic : Saving that recipe, thanks so much! Potstickers are a really great bulk idea, I hadn’t thought about that before!
Post # 12
A few different things: Pasta. Toast with toppings. Veggie hash topped with a fried egg. Lentil & bean soup.
Things I always keep on hand: ground meat & sausage wrapped in small portions in the freezer. It will thaw in 10 minutes or less under warm water. Also have bags of frozen spinach or kale and peas. Also keep ravioli in the freezer. Keep beans/lentils/tomatoes in pantry. I always have basics like eggs, cream, and hard cheeses that keep for a long time like Parmesan, pecorino, etc. Always have some assortment of add ins like pickled veggies/olives, nuts, dried sausage, bacon, tinned fish.
Post # 13
kiram : I keep frozen veges in the fridge that are easy to defrost and chuck in 🙂
Post # 14
We default to pasta when we don’t know what to cook.
Post # 15
Besides the aforementioned, a baked yam topped with broccoli and salsa.
Or, make my version of Bibimbap from leftovers in the fridge- no two ever the same.